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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,    ETC,                285

me proceeded from the burning of a house, or,
at least, of my boots and clothes.

About nine I arrived at this place, just as the
Margrave was coming down to breakfast.

No one can be more friendly and attentive
than he is to me, except that he has not offered
to lend me a horse. I understand he is invariably
niggardly in that respect; so, as the soldier says
In some farce in anwer to his friend, who asks
him if he does not travel in his own coach—
" Moi et mon sergent nous profitons de la cornmo-
dit6 du chemin, et nous voyageons £ pied."

This is a beautiful place, and an excellent
new house, fit for any kind of gentleman. The
architecture is like all that of Mr. Holland—that,
In short, of an ignorant man, who takes bits out
of his books, and talks humano capiti cervicem equi-
nam. But, as it is plain, cela ne cheque pas. It
has nine windows in front, and a projecting colon-
nade of four Ionic pillars in the centre. You
enter the south side by a large hall or billiard-
room. The apartment on the right is the Mar-
gravine's, behind the principal staircase, and on
the north front, the Margrave's. There are a
drawing-room, dining-room and library — the bed-
chambers excellent.

The park lies on each side of the house, occu-